Monerium is founded by four repeat entrepreneurs with experience which ranges from central banking to operating global web services. We came across Bitcoin early and have participated in public discussion on blockchain and cryptocurrencies as well as advising established financial institutions on their benefits.


Gísli Kristjánsson

Gísli holds a B.Sc. degree in Mathematics from the University of Iceland and is a certified securities broker. He started his career as a programmer and later worked as a business intelligence consultant and bond broker. In 2011, Gísli co-founded Appvise, a software company which offers smart DNS services in over 100 countries. Gísli discovered Bitcoin in 2013 while serving as CTO of Appvise. Gísli participated in the Ethereum Initial Coin Offering and has explained blockchains to business and technical audiences at industry conferences.

Hjörtur Hjartarson

Hjörtur graduated from the Commercial College of Iceland and co-founded Kapital, an advertisement agency and a software company where he served for ten years as head of design and in management roles. In 2011, Hjörtur co-founded Appvise with Gísli, where he has served as head of design and operations. Together with Gísli, Hjörtur participated in the Ethereum Initial Coin Offering.

Jón Helgi Egilsson

Jón discovered Bitcoin in 2012 and has since co-authored several reports on cryptocurrencies and blockchains, including a cover article in Proceedings of the IEEE. Previously. From 2011-2017 Jón served as vice-chairman and chairman of the supervisory board of the Central Bank of Iceland. Jón has co-founded four software companies, and served as Head of Capital Markets at Landsbanki bank.

Jón Helgi is an engineer from DTU, Copenhagen, Denmark. He is a former adjunct professor in financial engineering at Reykjavik University and a visiting scholar at Columbia University, New York City.

Sveinn Valfells, Ph.D.

Sveinn Valfells first transacted Bitcoins in mid-2011. He has since given numerous interviews and talks about Bitcoin and blockchains, including on the BBC (Radio and TV), at Coin- Summit (London), Scaling Bitcoin (Montreal) and DLD (London, Tel Aviv). Outside blockchains, Sveinn has advised, worked for, co-founded and invested in companies in biotech, bioinformatics, financial services, telecoms, mobile software and venture capital. Sveinn completed a B.S. in applied physics (Columbia), a M.S. in economic systems (Stanford), and a Ph.D. in physics (Boston University).

Legal & Dev

Jón Gunnar Ólafsson

Associate (securities law and license applications), Lagahvoll. Mag. jur. (U of Iceland).

Sigurður Örn Hilmarsson

Barrister at the Supreme Court of Iceland, partner at Réttur, Previously at Laugardal Legal. Mag. jur. (Univ. of Iceland).

Árni Guðjónsson

Senior designer and developer in web and mobile applications at Det Norske Veritas, Germanischer Lloyd, National Oilwell Varco, Kapital. B.Sc. comp sci (U of Iceland).

Gunnar Haraldsson, Ph.D.

Former Chair Financial Supervisory Authority of Iceland, Director Inst. of Economic Studies (Univ. of Iceland) , founder Intellecon. Economist B.Sc. (Univ. of Iceland), Ph.D. (Univ. of Toulouse).

Board of Directors

Magnús E. Björnsson, Ph.D.

Magnús was elected to the Board of Directors of Monerium in September 2017. Specializing in Big Data and product development, Magnús lead the core development of the Big Data Discovery product at Oracle, where he had been Senior Director of Engineering from 2013. Magnús is currently the CEO of Men & Mice - a leading team of international experts in the DNS, DHCP and IP address management (DDI) business.

After completing Bachelor’s degrees in Theoretical Physics and Computer Science respectively at the University of Iceland, Magnús continued his studies at Brandeis University in Massachusetts where he graduated with a Master’s and subsequently a Ph.D. degree in Computer Science.

Danielle Pamela Neben

Danielle is a Partner at Maresías as well as a Senior Consultant at Fidelio Partners. She provides consultancy services from strategic planning to promoting excellence in stakeholder engagement.

Danielle has 25 years of banking experience in 8 countries: 20 years at HSBC in a variety of roles as Chief Operating Officer, Group Investor Relations, Corporate & Personal Banking, Labour Law and Risk Management. She was a Member of the Board at Landsbankinn from 2013 to 2017, where she chaired both the Audit and Strategic Development Committees. She is currently a Member of the Boards at Meniga and Monerium. She is also the Iceland Representative for Nordic Finance Innovation and Chair of NFI Women.

Danielle holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree with a major in Finance and a minor in German from McGill University in Montreal, Canada. She is native in English and French, advanced in Icelandic and Brazilian Portuguese, intermediate in German, and basic in Mandarin and Spanish.

Eric A. Stubbs, Ph.D.

Eric was elected to the Board of Directors of Monerium in September 2017. Eric is a Senior Portfolio Manager with Royal Bank of Canada Wealth Management. He has consulted to over $100 billion in assets. Since 2003 he has managed a Global Tactical Allocation strategy (GTAS), and since 2010, a Multi-asset income strategy. Eric has advised several Fortune 100 firms and many states and municipalities.

Previously, Eric Co-Head of Wealth Management Services at Bear Stearns, and prior to that, he headed the Strategic Investment Advisory Group at J.P. Morgan. Eric was a risk manager for J.P. Morgan’s $30 billion book of proprietary investments and trading businesses and served as the business and algorithms designer for JP Morgan’s comprehensive market risk management system.

Eric holds a Ph.D. in Financial Economics from Harvard University, 2 M.A.’s and a B.A. earned with “High Distinction” from University of Toronto. Eric has taught at Harvard, Rutgers University, The State University of New York and the University of Toronto. He served as a research associate at Brown University’s Center for Foreign Policy Development. He is author and editor of numerous professional articles on economics and investments.

Jenný Ruth Hrafnsdóttir

Jenny is a Founding Partner at Crowberry Capital, a Nordic VC fund. She has served on eight boards of innovative technology companies and was VP of Business Development at BionX, a Boston based Health Tech startup, reaching $13 million in income within 3 years of commercialization. Prior to that she was a Product Manager at Össur OSSR:DC, responsible for a product portfolio generating $50 million in income and CEO at Krumma ehf.

Jenny earned her Dipl.-Ing. in engineering from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Micro-Electro-Mechanics where she was awarded for excellent study results. Jenny has served on the Education committee of Association of Chartered Engineers since 2006. She holds B.S. in Mechanical and Industrial engineering from University of Iceland and registered IPs.

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