Unizen names crypto veteran Michael Healy as chief strategy officer

abdelaziz Fathi

CeDeFi exchange Unizen has onboarded crypto industry veteran Michael Healy, who originally worked for Wikileaks and built their android application in 2010, as Chief Strategy Officer.

Michael is best known in the crypto space as the co-founder of Unit, the leading token builder focused on powering the token economy using Polkadot-powered Unit Network blockchain. During his colorful career, he was focused on social impact and positive change through education, entrepreneurship and empowering individuals.

Healy has deep expertise in corporate and business unit strategy, joint ventures and strategic partnerships, cross-border transactions, organizational development, and product strategy with a focus on mobile apps. He has been in the blockchain industry for more than 12 years, having built several successful businesses with exits.

Michael co-founded an encrypted peer-to-peer video conferencing technology, one of the UK’s largest student social networks, the Wikileaks android application and many mobile apps used by millions of users worldwide.

Alongside his role as an entrepreneur, he has advised startups, investors and corporates in Asia, Europe, Middle East and Latin America. Previously, he served at top pan-European Venture Capital firm, Wellington partners which has €800 million under management.

Most recently, Michael founded a coding education bootcamp company which co-led the introducing coding into the British education system. Other stops include different roles at Google, KPMG, Saatchi & Saatchi, L’Oreal, Imperial College, Unilever, London Business School and other top startups/corporates/organisations.

Commenting on his appointment, Sean Noga said: “I’m really excited to have Michael joining the team at Unizen and to formally announce his appointment as Chief Strategy Officer (CSO) to help shape and enhance our strategic direction and expand growth and adoption of our ecosystem moving forward.”

Michael joins Unizen shortly after the exchange received a $200 million capital commitment from a new strategic partner, Global Emerging Markets (GEM). Fresh funds will fuel the next levels of adoption for a next-gen crypto exchange aggregator designed to improve the trading experience for retail and corporate market players.

The milestone-based and performance-related commitments, which are subject to satisfaction of certain conditions, aims to make sure the initial funding is optimized to the fullest.

Unizen is a smart exchange ecosystem that combines the features of both centralized and decentralized exchanges, creating a structure coined “CeDeFi.”

Unizen is building a smart exchange ecosystem that integrates the world of centralized exchanges with that of decentralized applications, adding professional analytics tools into the mix. One of the biggest advantages of Unizen is that it supports CeFi and DeFi apps on multiple blockchain networks, so trades can be aggregated across the entire crypto ecosystem at favorable rates compared to other exchanges.

 

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