About Himalaya Capital Exchange: Global Tour to unleash blockchain led paradigm shift in Capital Markets
Himalaya Capital Exchange CEO Arifa Khan & CSO John Puttick
John Puttick has a fifty-year career in the development and governance of technology-based enterprises. He is a systems professional with a long list of accomplishments in successful systems architecture, development, delivery and management. He formed and built GBST into a significant international systems provider to capital markets with operations in all key time zones. During this time, GBST developed a good reputation as and innovator bringing many firsts to its clients - STP, real-time portfolio, WFM, smart contract evaluation, online trading, multi-entity & multi-jurisdictional ledger to name some. GBST platforms transact $Billions per day and manage in excess of $500B AUM.
John currently Chairs Over The Wire Ltd and TandA Ltd, both IT service companies. He has extensive experience in governance in the non-profit and higher education sectors. We are pleased to have John's skills and unstinted support available to us full time during the formation stages of Himalaya Capital Exchange.
Arifa Khan is the founder & CEO of Himalaya - Capital Exchange, a next generation stock exchange on the Blockchain. It is a project aimed at creating a tokenised platform for Initial Public Offerings (IPOs) on a global, borderless, stock exchange. This Platform as a Service (PaaS) eco-system would offer an alternative to investment banks that are currently mandated to lead- manage IPOs, and give corporates and other entities raising public capital, a more democratic option at much less cost and with instant access to global investors. The platform would run on smart contract algorithms and at a later point make use of Machine Learning and AI in creating a marketplace for securities. Arifa is currently India Partner of the Ethereum Foundation, and has been a Blockchain evangelist since 2014.
Arifa Khan is a Blockchain researcher based in London, and has been an adviser to The Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh. She is currently building the Ethereum community in India and lobbying with the government on behalf of the crypto community. She is inspired by the vision of crypto founders Satoshi and Vitalik, and wants to contribute to realising their vision, and to build an architecture for big real world use-cases and explore intersection of futuristic technologies like AI, blockchain etc. Arifa also advises Govt. of India on infrastructure financing.
She was an Investment banker with Credit Suisse & UBS and experienced in Leveraged Finance/ Financial Sponsors Coverage/ Debt Products/Capital Markets & Credit.
Arifa has been listed as a Top 100 Fintech influencer by Lattice 80. She was also listed in Economic Times 30 under 30. She is a widely published author in mainstream media. She has given keynote speeches as an internationally sought after speaker in over 10 countries across Europe, Asia, China.
She travelled to the USA in 2002 to pursue an MBA with Finance Specialisation at Wharton Business School, University of Pennsylvania. She is mathematically gifted, and has obtained a Bachelor of Technology degree from the world renowned Indian Institute of Technology, Madras.