Iurii Riabykin, CFA, MCSI

CEO | Founder

Iurii is a serial founder and recently successfully built and exited another blockchain project. He would like to apply his knowledge and experience to the VC/PE industry.

Iurii has strong skills and background in Investment Banking along with being a member of CFA Institute and Chartered Institute for Securities and Investments (CISI) which are globally respectable investment societies.

In April 2020 Iurii was endorsed by the Tech Nation (the UK Government designated competent body as a Global Talent in digital technology.

Mark Cowley

Managing Director | Founder

Mark has over 20 years’ experience working on private and listed investments within CEE and Russia.

He has expert knowledge of European-based financial institutions and a proven ability to build investor relations internally, having worked within leading organizations including Lazard, Nomura, MC Securities, and Alfa Bank.

Mark is fortunate to have developed a broad range of equity sales, accountancy, and specialist investor relations skills.

Md. Sadek Ferdous, PhD

Blockchain Technical Advisor

Md. Sadek is an experienced Blockchain technical expert with more than 10 years of research and development practice.

In addition to active advisory position at Hermes Net, Md. Sadek currently working in a project involving identity and blockchain technology at the Imperial College Business School.

Md. Sadek was the first Technology Fellow at The UK Cabinet Office till the end of January 2018.

Alexey Babkin

Chief Technology Officer | Co - founder

Alexey has over 25 years of experience in IT. For the last 15 years, he has been managing IT teams and projects in investment banking and as the digital founder.

Alexey holds a solid background in building and managing large and small IT teams from 2 to over 100 specialists. In his proven track record, he has over 30 completed projects and implemented products.

Having an Honours Master's degree in IT, Mathematics, and Economics, Alexey has successfully applied his knowledge working for large international corporates such as Deutsche Bank, Renaissance Capital, Societe Generale, and Calypso Technology.

Shaun Choudhary, CFA

 Head of Investor Relations | Co - founder

Shaun has 20+ years of experience in strategic consultancy & advisory, Gaming & Gambling sector expertise gained amongst others at Big4 and ICBC Standard Bank Plc, where he worked on debt, equity and M&A transactions and several restructuring processes.

Shaun is well-connected at the right levels with private equity funds, venture capitalists, family offices, high net worth individuals, as well as within government levels and C-Level of global enterprises.

Shaun is a sought-after advisor to faciliate scalability, revenue growth, expansion and funding. Shaun has been working in Gaming & Gambling, Technology, Industrial space and built his vast and reliable global network over the past 20 years.

Alexey Leontiev

Investor relations

Alexey is a results-driven project manager with extensive experience in project management of SMEs, business planning, financial controlling, and leading collaborative teams to successful investment project implementation. He is experienced in financial reporting to senior stakeholders, including government agencies, venture investors, and start-up companies. He joined HERMESNET as Investor Relations manager.

Alexey has a proven track record of attracting venture capital and government financing for several start-ups and managing a variety of R&D projects in the field of IoT, software development, microelectronics, and artificial intelligence applications.

Alexey is an explorer in life: he is fond of exploring new business models and technologies, learning foreign languages, playing card games (to see how the probability will turn out in the game), and traveling.

Sergiy Lesyk


Sergiy is a private angel investor, most recently involved in DLT projects. Beside Hermes Net, he co-founded Agroxy, a blockchain based solution for agricultural markets.

Sergiy has more than 25 years of experience in the financial services industry, mostly with investment banks and stock brokerages.

At the moment, he is in full time employment as a director at FTSE Russell, a subsidiary of the London Stock Exchange Group.

Sergiy is a qualified accountant (with PwC) and graduate of the London School of Economics and Political Science and Moscow State University (Honours Masters degree in Mathematics).