The Blockchain Academy Instructors

Bryant Nielson

Bryant Nielson is the Founder of The Blockchain Academy is a global training firm with a focus on the Blockchain.

Bryant has written extensively about Blockchain and is a regular speaker at numerous blockchain conferences globally. He has delivered talks at numerous conferences in New York, Chicago, London, Mexico City, Moscow, Berlin, Miami, San Francisco and Dubai. He is also the host of a blockchain podcast: Blockchain360.

He currently delivers courses on Blockchain Essentials, Blockchain Foundations, Blockchain Developers Decision Course, Blockchain for the Enterprise, and is one of the only approved trainers for the Government Blockchain Association Specialist certification.

Jay Sanchez

Jay Sanchez is the Director of Training Programs at The Blockchain Academy.  Jay has been delivering training in the blockchain, bit data and AI space for the past 4 years.  His background as an innovator, developer and principle consultant for enterprise development and data architecture makes him a unique individual for the management and delivery of developer specific courses here at The Blockchain Academy.

Jay has been a full stack developer with an emphasis on blockchain implementations.  He has delivered products utilizing the Ethereum blockchain platform.  He is engaging and personable.

(Don) Chunshen Li

He is a Blockchain Architect, helping firms create their first Proof-of-Concept projects.  Don is a technology consultant for the past 10 years. He is a web and database programming genius.  He is highly focused on the impact of blockchain on the real estate sector and specifically title companies.

Don specializes on proving blockchain technology overviews to executives to assist them in making informed decisions about the emerging technology.  He has been an independent full stack web and database application developer with a total of 18 plus years of experience in software design and development.

He currently is the resident instructor for our Blockchain Architecture courses.

Ajay Chandhok

Ajay is the CEO and Founder of Status Cyber a cyber security firm.  He has 10+ years working for the US Department of Defense as a protocol analyst and cyber threat hunger, in addition to being a cyber security specialist.  He is our resident instructor on Blockchain Security.

Mary Kopczyniski, JD, PhD

Mary is the Founder and CEO of the RegTech Solutions company 8of9.  She offers a wealth of experience in the financial regulatory space.  Her company builds regulatory compliance solutions for global financial companies.  She is the instructor for our Blockchain for Lawyers and our Blockchain Regulatory Environment courses.

Adi Ben-Ari

Adi Ben-Ari a co-founder of Applied Blockchain has extensive experience in enterprise technology spanning almost two decades. He has delivered major software projects with major institutions both in the UK and abroad in different industries including finance . He is a noted and recognized expert in the blockchain field and talks frequently at conferences and industry forums (most recently at Blockchain London in January), and has lead the delivery of a number of Blockchain smart contract solutions.

Adi has delivered numerous workshops to clients to help with the understanding of the concepts behind blockchain and draw out potential use cases that may help our clients. Adi is also a co-founder of Tallystocks which has been accepted into the highly competitive Barclay's Techstars program recently.

Ari is one of the instructors for the Blockchain Foundations Course.

Kartik Natarajan

Kartik Natarajan is a co-founder of Applied Blockchain and has over two decades experience in the financial industry, both with a business focus as well as delivering large technology programs for large tier-one investment banks. Kartik has worked mainly in the capital markets area of banks with a focus in derivatives and risk across a range of asset classes.

Kartik is a participant in many industry forums and round tables focusing on the future of blockchain technology on the finance industry and its impact. At Applied Blockchain Kartik has led the delivery of a number of blockchain smart contract solutions to clients. Kartik has also led workshop sessions with clients to help with the understanding of blockchain and its potential uses to their businesses.

Kartik is one of the instructors for the Blockchain Foundations as well as the Blockchain & Bitcoin Intensive courses.

Vic Arulchandran

Vic is the COO and Analytics at Nivaura. Vic has a PhD in Pure and Applied Mathematics, and is a skilled quantitative and big-data analyst in finance and health-care. In addition he has worked across multiple industries in strategic market analysis and product management. In Nivaura Vic is focused on operations, and design and testing analytics and risk models.

Vic is the instructors for the Blockchain Financial Sector Course.

Jules Miller

Jules is a talented blockchain advisor, investor and practice manger.  She offers 14+ years as a professional technology consultant with a key awareness of the transformative impact that technology can make.  She is one of our resident instructors for Blockchain Foundations, and general blockchain training.

Shlomi Zeltsinger

Shlomi has been delivering Blockchain and Ethereum training for the past 3 years. He has created dozens of courses, both for online and live delivery.

He currently delivers courses on Etherum dApps, Smart Contracts as well is the primary instructor of the Blockchain Boot Camp.