This is a learning, networking and partnering meeting for senior-business leaders across the metaverse ecosystem. Whether you hail from tech, brands or metaverse-building companies; if you’re already an expert or just starting your metaverse journey – this is the meeting for you.
Although the wheels of the metaverse have been set in motion, we still have much to learn and achieve to make the metaverse dream a reality. As we move towards the future of the internet, be part of the initial conversations and interactions that will define this landscape forever!
Uncover the potential of the metaverse whilst cutting through the hype with an education focus for everyone – so whether you’re a metaverse mogul or an NFT newbie, this is the event for you. Get up to speed with the fundamentals through interactive learning plus hands-on experiences within and outside of the agenda.
emteq labs is a next gen emotion analytics platform for the objective measurement of human responses in real time. Ideal for academic and clinical research, as well as content validation for creators and developers.
Platform and marketplace-based businesses need reliable, scalable partner payables to achieve their vision. Tipalti is the proven leader with brands large and small, including Amazon Twitch, GoDaddy, Pubmatic, Twitter, Roblox, and ironSource. Its customers typically wipe out 80% of their payables effort, while improving compliance and financial controls, reducing risk, and strengthening partner relations needed to scale.
Every step in the payables process—including self-service onboarding, executing global payments, communicating payouts, and reconciliation—is self-contained. And Tipalti can make mass payments to over 196 countries—using 120 currencies across six payment methods—in a matter of clicks.
ShapesXR is a creation and collaboration platform for XR content and experiences in the metaverse. It enables remote product teams with the tool for brainstorming & ideation in 3D, rapid prototyping, instant sharing and real-time co-editing. In ShapesXR you start creating in 3D within minutes without prior experience. You can create immersive storyboards to show your design in function and easily invite team members to ideate, iterate and run design reviews.
Rhiti Sports is the fastest growing Indian Sports Marketing company with global footprint. We manage the top cricketers and other celebrities. We have a highly experienced team to handle all ATL and BTL activities well equipped to handle large scale events. We also have a film production house under the label Inspired Entertainment, capable to delivering quality video production – Movies (MS Dhoni; The Untold Story) Short Films, Ads, Corporate AVs, etc. We can confidently say that we have a robust network that will help us discover raw talents, work with established talents and bring out the best in them. Rhiti Sports has a solid expertise delivering relevant, cost effective, meaningful sponsorship campaigns for our clients. By first researching your current competitive environment, marketing and business objectives, TG and demographics, Rhiti Sports will source those opportunities and execute strategies that deliver tangible value. Having trouble finding the ideal sponsorship opportunities to meet your sales and marketing goals, and that is also aligned with your brand image? Through our extensive network, Rhiti Sports will research and locate the right event, venue or individual. Due to our immense experiences selling sponsorship we’ll negotiate the best package, and then manage that sponsorship opportunity to maximize your return and protect your image.
Aetsoft has a long, hands-on experience in blockchain development, with a primary focus on feature-rich NFT platforms. We offer a white-label NFT platform, tailor-made to your branding, in just two weeks. You can select either a standard NFT trading functionality or enhance the platform with additional features such as KYC/AML, fiat integration, staking, vesting and many more.
Hey, remember us from the old metaverse days? In 2007, we were the first CX company for virtual worlds: the people moderating content, engaging communities, helping customers, and throwing the best parties in Warner Bros.’ Gossip Girl sim in Second Life, NFL’s virtual world RushZone and even for our service men and women in the U.S. Army’s virtual world experience.
You might remember us by our original name: Metaverse Mod Squad. (We’re just ModSquad now — “it’s cleaner”.)
Since our metaverse beginning, we’ve been reinventing traditional outsourcing. We embraced remote and steered clear of cubicles in soulless call centers. We secure our distributed team with Cubeless, our patent-pending security platform. And while we now work across all platforms to deliver our CX services, we still love our original slogan “Avatar Staffing for Virtual Worlds”. So if you’re in-world, give us a shout. We’re already here: rez’d and ready to go.
Those that take the leap sooner rather than later will see how the metaverse and its novel approach to economic activities revolutionizes digital commerce and the brand-customer connection. It’s always exciting to guide professionals to this realization and I look forward to just that at The Metaverse Summit USA.
Metaverses are here to stay and the possibilities and challenges are vast. There is so much that we have to learn, discuss and share. The Metaverse Summit is a great way to share my mind with fellow experts and the interested audience.
I’m interested in the metaverse as an open and interoperable space for people to socialize, collaborate, and learn across a macrocosm of shared experiences — especially to the degree that it could benefit the real world in terms of empathy, equity, and efficiency.
Expert Speaker Faculty
Dirk Lueth is a serial entrepreneur with multiple exits and the Co-Founder of Upland, the metaverse platform that is mapped to the real world. Dirk has held various executive roles within small and large businesses over the years, mentored dozens of startups, and has contributed to various projects in the blockchain and decentralized ledger technology space since 2011.
Joanna Popper is an award-winning Hollywood and Silicon Valley media executive with a track record of launching cutting edge content and technology to drive revenue, audience engagement and brand love. She currently leads HP’s XR initiatives for Go-To-Market. Prior she was EVP of Media & Marketing at Singularity University and VP Marketing at NBCUniversal. Joanna is Executive Producer on the award-winning “Breonna’s Garden” and “Finding Pandora X” XR content experiences. Joanna was selected as “50 Women Can Change the World in Media and Entertainment,” “Top 50 Original Thinkers in VR,” “Top Women in Media: Game Changers,” “Top Women in Media: Industry Leaders,” “Digital It List,” “101 Women Leading the VR Industry” and is on the Coalition for the Women in XR Fund.
Paris-born, LA based serial web entrepreneur Mathieu Nouzareth is the CEO of
The Sandbox US. The Sandbox is the leading decentralized metaverse.
Mathieu Nouzareth began his career in 1995 at 23 by co-founding WebConcept,
one of France’s first e-business consulting firms. WebConcept was sold to
Sweden’s IconMedialab of Sweden in 1999.
In 2001, Mathieu and his brother Romain started Boonty.com, a digital game
distribution company. Operating in over 30 countries with a staff of 180, the
company was sold to Nexway in 2008.
In 2006, Mathieu co-founded Is Cool Entertainment, a social casual game
publisher which was listed on the Paris stock market, and later acquired by
publishing company Hachette.
In 2017, Mathieu co-founded CCU, a leading crypto currency mining company in
Canada that went public in Toronto in 2021.
From 2009 to 2022, Mathieu was the CEO of FreshPlanet, the New York-based
developer of the mega hit social music trivia mobile game SongPop. The game
has built a global following of over 150 Million players since its launch in June
2012. In 2018, FreshPlanet was sold to Gameloft, one of the leading mobile
game developer in the world.
Mathieu is a graduate of the Grenoble School of Management and holds an MBA
from Pace University in New York.
Tommaso Di Bartolo is a Silicon Valley-based serial entrepreneur with two exits and a Faculty Member at UC Berkeley where he lectures about Entrepreneurship with a focus on Web3 and Metaverse. A two times author and tech startup investor, Tommaso speaks seven languages and is a frequent keynote speaker who has taken the stage at renowned events.
Artur is Founder and CEO of Somnium Space. He has been navigating virtual worlds for more than two decades starting with Ultima Online in 1999, then Second Life and many more. Artur strongly believes in the ultimate future of Virtual Reality worlds with open and decentralized economy, amazing creation tools where imagination is the only limit. Artur has worked as an investment trader for many years before creating his first startup and becoming a serial entrepreneur.
Kristina Serafim is a Managing Director at Verizon Ventures, focusing on early stage investments in metaverse, Web3.0, Immersive tech, data management, ML & AI, 5G and the future of connectivity. Prior to Verizon, Kristina was a Managing Director at Intellectual Ventures, where she led investments in immersive tech, gaming, ML and vertical AI technologies. Kristina’s entrepreneurial experience includes co-founding and leading two enterprise SaaS start-ups, from inception to acquisition by global Fortune 500 companies. Kristina also spent several years on the strategy, ventures and corporate development teams at IBM and at NAGRA. She has an electrical and mechanical engineering degree from Kettering University and an MBA from Harvard University.
Troy Wood is Executive Director of Global Partner Marketing at HTC VIVE, where he leads activations for XR, Metaverse, and 5G. He previously led co-marketing for emerging platforms at Amazon, Microsoft, Fox, and DDB Worldwide.
Cynthia Maller is Head of 3D Creative Technology at Walmart, and three of its digitally-native brands: Hayneedle, Art.com and Allswell. Her focus is strengthening and scaling the three pillars of 3D in retail: inspiring aesthetics, visual integrity and operational excellence. She believes that every one of us has the talent and capability to be a builder, a citizen and a purveyor in the Metaverse. This drives her commitment to peer education, advocacy and invention. When she’s not at work, she’s on the ice, feeding her passion for figure skating. Her drive to try new things, to push herself, both in commerce technology and on the ice, is guided by the words of Erin Hanson, “What if I fall? Oh, but my darling, What if you fly?
Christina is the CEO of Metastage. Since its founding in 2018, Metastage has completed over 200 volcap productions with major brands and award winning projects, including two Emmy nominations. Metastage is the first North American partner for the Microsoft Mixed Reality Capture tech. Prior to leading Metastage, Christina was the CEO of VR Playhouse, an immersive content company with immersive projects featured at SXSW, Sundance, and Festival de Cannes. She is a recipient of the Advanced Imaging Society’s Distinguished Leadership in Technology Award and was named in the Huffington Post as one of 5 women changing the virtual reality scene. Her writing and research on volumetric video has been published in the textbook, Handbook of Research on the Global Impacts and Roles of Immersive Media (2019), and What is Augmented Reality? Everything You Wanted to Know Featuring Exclusive Interviews with Leaders of the AR Industry (2019).
Sharon Gai is a Chinese-born Canadian who has had 10+ years in ecommerce, digital marketing and branding. Immigrating at a young age to a new country where she did not speak the local language has trained her skills of adaptability and resilience as well as sparking her inner creativity where she is able to connect to both the East and the West. A Global Shaper in the China chapter of the World Economic Forum, Sharon has an Honors Bachelor’s degree in International Development from McGill and a Masters in Information Management from Columbia University.
She started her career in e-commerce at a Fortune 500 systems integrator, enabling SMB’s to conveniently order computer hardware online. She was then selected to be a part of the Alibaba Global Leadership Academy, a brainchild program of Jack Ma with a 0.3% acceptance rate, that hired global leaders to globalize Alibaba’s internal business groups. In her tenure at Tmall, China’s largest ecommerce platform, she has advised large to emerging internet-viral brands in crafting their digital marketing and online e-commerce strategy in China. She has served as the Head of Global Key Accounts in Tmall providing thought leadership in omnichannel strategies for Xiaomi, Adidas, AS Watson, P&G and H&M. She has been the keynote speaker in 100 ecommerce and retail conferences such as Shoptalk, Ecomworld, Etail, and Ecommerce Asia with over 40,000 attendees as well as the presenter to governments and heads of states on the developments of the tech industry in China. She has appeared on CCTV, Techcrunch, Retail Asia, The Next Web, and the Singularity University and enjoys sharing with the world the latest trends from China. She is the author of the book, Ecommerce Reimagined: what we can learn in retail and ecommerce from China to be released in June 2022.
Mikki Sandhu Innovation Strategist, Futurist, Meta-Consultant & Co-Author of the ScreenWear Paper, Seminal Global research on the role of Fashion & digital goods in consumer lives and the metaverse. What, why and how much. With a background in Fashion, Luxury & Technology, across media and creative innovation Mikki was most recently Head of Innovation Strategy @ Virtue Futures. – the agency powered by VICE Collaborating with clients such as Converse, Coca Cola.
Chris Chin is an XR executive with deep strategic and operational expertise in enterprise and consumer VR. He is currently Vice President of Immersive Technologies at Axon, where he oversees AR/VR, Training, and eLearning for the world’s leading public safety solutions company. Chris was previously Vice President of Vive Studios, HTC’s content business unit, where he expanded the Vive content ecosystem into enterprise, training, healthcare, education, and the arts. He has over 20 years of interactive content experience at companies such as EA and Tencent. Chris is an advisor to XR startups and holds degrees from Princeton, U.C. Berkeley, and the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Jason Gholston is Senior Director and Platform and Ecosystem Product Marketing at Magic Leap. He’s a product manager of award-winning VR, mobile, PC, and AAA console experiences. He has experience leading projects in the gaming industry and virtual world building with both augmented and virtual reality.
John Haddick is a Distinguished Engineer at Lenovo Intelligent Devices Group focusing on developing
technologies for the ThinkReality commercial AR/VR portfolio of solutions. As the CTO of ThinkReality,
John is a leading strategist for AR/VR product design and development for the company.
Before joining Lenovo, John was the CTO of the Osterhout Design Group, a company pioneering AR
technologies, where he was in charge of new product innovations and long-range product strategy
across the company.
Maura Welch is VP Marketing for Together Labs, a leader in technologies that empower people to connect, create and earn in the metaverse. Prior, Maura led marketing at TripAdvisor and was on the founding team for WeeWorld, a top 10 tween/teen site and early social metaverse platform. Earlier, Maura helped to found other innovative startups working with top brands, entertainment, and sports organizations. Passionate about mission-driven business practices that strengthen community and connectedness, she has been a Boston Globe tech/innovation columnist, a TEDx curator and served on the National Marine Sanctuaries Business Advisory Council (NOAA).
Gabriella Kusz serves as CEO at the Global Digital Asset and Cryptocurrency Association, a global voluntary self-regulatory association for the industry where she supports awareness building and education. Prior to this role, she served as the Principal for Strategic Initiatives at the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) where, in addition to other areas, she supports the profession’s leadership and innovation in the digital era. Prior to joining IFAC, she worked with the World Bank Group Governance Global Practice where she was responsible for leading the Corporate Governance and Financial Reporting (CGFR) workstream for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.
In her volunteer time, she serves as Deputy Chair of the Government Blockchain Association (GBA) Regulator Working Group – which provides a community of practice for regulators working around the world to navigate the digital asset space. Gabriella is a Fellow of the Digital Euro Association and was recently appointed by the Speaker of the US State of Arizona House of Representatives to lend her knowledge to the state’s Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Study Committee (pursuant to Arizona Laws 2021, Chapter 339). Gabriella also serves as a Distinguished Global Expert for the Global Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) Policy Network (GSPN) at Prince Sultan University (Riyadh, KSA) and as an Advisor to the Banque Saudi Fransi / PSU Global Islamic Finance, Tax and Zakat Centre (GIFTZ).
Gabriella is a licensed US CPA (State of Virginia) and CGMA and holds AICPA Certificates in International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) as well as the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Certificate in Sustainability Reporting Standards. She holds her Master’s in Public Policy (International Policy and Development) from Georgetown University (Washington, DC USA), a Master’s in Business Administration and Bachelor of Accounting from the University of Dayton (Ohio, USA).
Saeed Elnaj is the Chief Information and Technology Officer (CITO) at HealthKey Technologies. For more than 25 years, he delivered transformative technology solutions to global companies including at HealthKey, Oracle, Ericsson, AARP, and the Ooredoo Group. Saeed is a thought leader and frequent presenter at industry conferences and contributing writer on innovative technologies on Forbes.com. His recent articles covered The Challenges and Opportunities for the Metaverse and The Top Two Tech Trends In 2022: Web 3.0 And The Metaverse. He holds a PhD in Engineering Management from the George Washington University
Jaime Bosch is the chief executive officer of Voicemod, the next step in the future of social audio experiences. Voicemod is the tool that helps people find the voice that best expresses themselves as they play, work, create, and entertain. The Voicemod software has been downloaded to more than 28 million desktop PCs alone and is ready to be implemented on any platform, app, game, or digital experience through its development kit.
Ernest is the co-CEO of AmazeVR, bringing artists closer to fans through VR concerts. Ernest’s passion for people and insistence on human-centric solutions have been his bedrock throughout personal and professional life. He believes immersive technologies will democratize experiences, and VR concerts will bring fans closer to artists than ever before.
A lifelong tech and music enthusiast, Ernest realized he had found his calling when he joined AmazeVR (then Off2) in 2016. Ernest led all content development efforts at AmazeVR and eventually became Chief Content Officer. To date, he and his team of entertainment industry veterans have created over 500 VR experiences. Prior to AmazeVR, Ernest served nine years in the US military, with the majority of his efforts as a Special Forces Officer. Outside of AmazeVR, Ernest is an avid concertgoer and musician himself, and is most at home when he’s enjoying the music scene in Los Angeles or jamming in his home studio.
Fabio La Franca is the Founder CEO of Blueverse Ventures, a UK based advisor and early stage venture investor dedicated to the metaverse and web3.0. Previously, Fabio was an Investment Director at a venture capital fund specialised in Sport, Entertainment and Knowledge and the emerging technologies enabling or supporting the sector like mixed reality, AI and blockchain. Fabio is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council for Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality. He is also a Jury Member of the European Innovation Council, and Expert Rapporteur at the European Commission for the Horizon2020’s €80bn R&D funding programme, and an Investor Partner of Innovate UK, part of the UK Research and Innovation, a non-departmental public body funded by a grant-in-aid from the UK government. Fabio was the CFO in Residence at Telefonica’s accelerator Wayra, and he worked in corporate development at Viacom, Channel 4, and EMI Music Publishing. Fabio is a Fellow Chartered Accountant who qualified at PWC in London, and he holds an MBA from the University of Exeter.
Michael DeNunzio is a successful entrepreneur, founding and selling a leading internet digital marketing firm. He is currently managing director of Pebble Ventures LLC, a strategic advisory and innovation firm that helps fashion, beauty and consumer brands capitalize on the intersection of virtual and real world economies. He is also the host of the Metaverse Matters podcast. He has been an Advisory Board member and shareholder of a consumer ecommerce AI search company which was acquired, SaaS FashTech executive, President of a multi-fashion brand investment and operating company, fashion accessories company board member working with leading brands and co-founder of men’s sportswear brand, HonourMark.
Aurelien is a 20-year-old entrepreneur from France, living in Boston, Massachusetts. He has been involved in the web 3.0 and blockchain space for three years, becoming a partner at U-topia in February 2022. At U-topia, he leads the partnerships team, as the Director of Partnerships, focused on bringing on brands and helping them through the processes of entering this new era. Aurelien is currently opening a new entity in Dubai, named Guild Co., which is a part of the U-topia ecosystem. Guild Co. will provide Services for web 2.0, web 3.0 and retailers surrounding IPs, microverses, and web augmented reality.
Shannon is the Head of Community at IMVU, the largest avatar social platform with over 7 million monthly users who come together to connect and enjoy a shared experience.
IMVU is where the real world comes to play. Today, IMVU users enjoy the freedom to live the life they create through their own highly-stylized avatars, connecting with friends in immersive 3D chat rooms, shopping and creating new looks, and sharing their experiences. As a thriving collaborative economy, IMVU’s 60 million shop items, including avatar features, clothing, animations, furniture, and rooms are created by our users. This vibrant community of 50,000 creators is able to express their creativity and make real money from their craft.
Before working at IMVU Shannon was at Google and Yahoo! An enthusiast of gaming and metaverses, he has been building communities his entire life.
Shannon is a graduate of U.C. Berkeley.
Amy is Managing Partner of the WXR Fund, a venture fund backing early stage start-ups using spatial computing (AR/VR) and artificial intelligence (AI) to transform business and human connection. The entire WXR portfolio is comprised of female founders and gender diverse teams across industries including retail, healthcare, training, remote work, real estate and education.
Amy is the author of ‘Sound and AR’ in the book “Convergence: how the world will be painted with data”. Amy is also a mentor and angel investor in several metaverse music tech start-ups.
Danny Greene oversees the Meebits brand at Yuga Labs. As the first 3D voxel metaverse-ready avatar NFT collection, Meebits are designed for interoperability and the Open Metaverse. At the intersection of tech and entertainment for the past 15 years, Danny was General Manager of the MeebitsDAO; VP, Global Marketing for Curio NFT; and a consultant to Activision Blizzard surrounding the launch of Call of Duty: Black Ops III. Danny has a BA from Stanford University and an MBA from UCLA Anderson and lives in Santa Monica, CA.
Paul Hsu is Founder and CEO of Decasonic, the venture and digital assets fund building blockchain innovation. As a tech investor and operator, Paul partners with outlier founders to accelerate product market fit and systematically scale early stage companies. Paul has been a blockchain investor since 2013.
Paul also is Chief Investment and Innovation Officer for Kadena Eco, an innovation network fueling mainstream adoption of Web3, DeFi and NFTs.
Paul’s curiosity and conviction in disruptive technology date back to the dawn of the Internet in the late 1990s. As a product and growth executive at social gaming leader Zynga (ZNGA), Paul spearheaded several user retention and monetization initiatives, including in-game virtual currencies, free to play virtual goods, platform currencies, and other digital assets. Prior, Paul was a founding member of NeoCarta, a $300M technology venture fund on Sand Hill Road.
Paul is a speaker, writer and media commentator on Web3 topics. His perspectives have appeared in print and broadcast outlets including the Wall Street Journal, Reuters, Coindesk, Forbes, Bloomberg TV and Yahoo! Finance TV. Paul is an active advisor, executive committee and Board of Director member to many companies and organizations, including for World Business Chicago, a public-private economic development organization promoting inclusive growth.
Paul holds a Bachelor of Arts from Yale University, where his studies concentrated on economics, math, statistics and international politics. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude.
Alexander Jorias is Co-Founder and CEO of Club Cooee.
Club Cooee is a thriving, creator driven social metaverse that gamified meeting, helping everyone meet new people and make friends.
The foundation of Club Cooee is a vibrant, worldwide community that lives to create, date and party in the metaverse. Users worldwide spend 100 minutes a day on average in Club Cooee meeting and chatting in intimate party settings.
More than 75K users are active in Club Cooee on each day and 40K creators submitted more than 1M+ items so far.
Alexander has over 30 years of experience making games. He started his game development and entrepreneurial career as a teenager. Prior to Club Cooee he co-founded Massive Development. In 2000 the company got acquired as the top German 3D game development studio.
To foster game development he organised the first German game developer conference ‘USF’ in 1998, 1999 and 2001.
Matt White is the CEO of Berkeley Synthetic, a research group focused on applications of AI in physics, natural phenomena, generative deep learning, autonomous agents and simulations.
He is a member of the teaching faculty at UC Berkeley where he teaches graduate students computer vision, deep learning and data visualization at the School of Information.
Matt is also Head of Architecture & Engineering at Amdocs where he manages teams focused on applications of emerging technologies including blockchain, AI, big data, MLOps, cloud and 5G.
He received his Masters of Data Science from UC Berkeley, has an MBA from the University of Denver and obtained his Bachelors of Information Technology from York University. He is the Chair for the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society and the Co-Chair for the Metaverse Standards Forum Digital Asset Management Working Group he also participates in various industry standards working groups.
Matt is passionate about architecting an Open Metaverse that is photorealistic, physically accurate and realizes natural phenomena. He strives to build an open standard framework that leverages decentralized high performance computing, applications of AI and blockchain in massive online multi-user simulated environments and exploiting the power of neural methods to help build the Metaverse.
Jesse Lubinsky currently serves as an Education Evangelist for Adobe Inc. He has two decades of experience in the education space as an education technologist, teacher, and school administrator. In 2019, Jesse co-founded Ready Learner One LLC, an innovative learning solutions provider focused on emerging technologies. Prior to entering the field of education, he was a technology consultant for Fortune 500 companies specializing in network engineering and software development projects. Jesse is co-author of Reality Bytes: Innovative Learning Using Augmented and Virtual Reality and The Esports Education Playbook: Empowering Every Learner Through Inclusive Gaming. He has also been published in the books The Chromebook Infused Classroom, 100 No-Nonsense Things that ALL Teachers Should STOP Doing, High-Tech Teaching Success! A Step by Step Guide to Using Innovative Technology in Your Classroom and Fueled by Coffee and Love: A Brew Perspective. In 2021, Jesse was selected as one of the Top 30 Edtech Leaders Transforming Education by Engati. He was also named to EdTech Magazine’s Dean’s List of Higher Education IT Influencers. Previously, he was named one of BestCollegeRankings.org’s 100 Top Experts in #eLearning and #EdTech as well as a Top 100 K12 Tech Leader and Top 100 Most Social CIO by Extreme Networks. Jesse is a frequent keynote speaker and presenter who has done educational technology presentations across North America, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, the Caribbean, and Australia. Jesse is co-host of the Partial Credit Podcast and the Ready Learner One Lounge, a virtual reality show focused on innovations in teaching and learning. He is based out of Westchester County in New York.
Vadim Polikov is the Founder and CEO of Legends of Learning, which brings thousands of curriculum aligned learning games built by hundreds of indie game studios to students of all ages in the form of a growing Learning Metaverse.
Prior to Legends of Learning, Vadim founded and ran Astrum Solar, an innovative residential solar installer acquired by Direct Energy in 2014. Prior to that, Vadim started and ran American Journal Experts, a platform that helped international researchers publish their research in the world’s top academic journals. Other experiences include medical devices, investment banking, and neuroscience research.
Vadim holds a BS and PhD in Biomedical Engineering from Duke University.
Nico Fara is a web3 and metaverse strategist, executive consultant, speaker, tech leader, engineer and serial entrepreneur with deep expertise in the retail and tech industries.
She is the founder and leader of The Fashion DAO™, a consortium of Web3 Fashion experts looking to support responsible adoption of Web3 technologies in the Fashion industry, and the founder and CEO of Chief Metaverse Officer™, a Metaverse as a Service (MaaS) tech consultancy company working with businesses and brands on strategizing, designing and executing their web3 presence in sustainable, accessible and inclusive ways.
“Humility will open more doors than arrogance ever
These words resonate with the happenings in the life
of visionary entrepreneur Arun Pandey, Chairman
& MD of Rhiti Group. An avid sportsman, a visionary,
Pandey is a man of substance who has risen to where
he stands, without much pomp and show!
A graduate of Banaras Hindu University and a former
Ranji level cricketer, Pandey is connected to sports in
the soul. It is this bonding and zeal to make sports and entertainment an indispensable part of daily lives that led to
the setting of his venture Rhiti Group, an integrated sports and entertainment conglomerate in 2007.
Pandey’s contributory travails in image consultation and brand management services has revolutionised the face of
sports and celebrity management in India. It is his ‘Midas touch’ which has made not only MS Dhoni an iconic global
brand, but also other sportsmen such as Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Pragyan Ojha, Ankush Bains, Virat Singh, Himanshu
Rana and KL Rahul into ‘brands’. Pandey’s journey is inter-twined with the journey of Rhiti Sports and with each
milestone achieved, it was both, a professional as well as a personal victory for Pandey.
If a poor boy cannot come to sports, then sports must go to him,’ is the mantra of Arun Pandey.
A man who understood the power of motivation through sports in impressionable young minds, Pandey developed
the biopic MS Dhoni: The Untold Story on the inspirational journey of cricket’s living legend MS Dhoni and made
a star of Late actor Sushant Singh Rajput. The film was a blockbuster success and declared tax-free in Uttar Pradesh,
Bihar, Delhi, Jharkhand and Maharashtra and received the widest release for a Bollywood film receiving a day-and-date
release both in India and internationally in a total of 61 countries across approximately 4,500 screens worldwide on
the week ending 2 October 2016.
Not merely a sports management firm, Rhiti Group also focuses on giving back to the society through its charitable
foundation set up in 2010. The foundation identifies and supports young athletes, provides scholarships and organises
tournaments in cities with limited exposure such as Varanasi, Ranchi, Gorakhpur, Noida, Jamshedpur, Dhanbad,
Allahabad, Lucknow and Dehradun. Further, the company is also associated with The Winning WaysTM Charitable
Foundation. The company has successfully promoted hockey and football also in the country. In entirety, it might be
rightly said that Arun Pandey has never denied himself any chance to serve!
For a man who has revolutionised the business of sports management in India, Pandey’s demeanour is simple and
unassuming with a laser sharp focus. Working sedulously, he is known to deliver way beyond what is expected of him
it is perhaps this attitude which has taken him from one milestone to another.
Lyrics of the song Besabriyaan from the movie based on the struggles and achievements of his dear friend and legendary
cricketer, MS Dhoni motivate him as he continues his journey forward to spread the message of sports and fitness to
all corners of the country.
“Kya ye ujaale, kya ye andhere, Dono se aage hai manzar tere
Kyun roshni tu baahar talaashe, Teri mashaale hain ander tere’
Inga Petryaevskaya is a Founder & CEO of ShapesXR, a company on a mission to bring the next level tool for creation and collaboration in the Metaverse. As a leader and a product owner driving a remote XR team, Inga was very passionate about building a product with a delightful user experience that would allow all stakeholders, with no 3D skills, to finally start thinking and designing spatially together. Prior to starting the journey of an entrepreneur, Inga was driving innovations and developers’ relations at Dell Technologies and Siemens. Inga holds engineering and MsC degrees in CS.
The future of the internet is here (well, almost!). With the potential to revolutionize not only gaming, retail, fashion, real estate and entertainment, but living on a global scale, it’s only fair that the metaverse is given the attention it deserves with a dedicated Summit for the change-makers, thought-leaders and internal champions that will make this revolution a reality.
The Metaverse Summit USA provides a much-needed meeting for the crucial conversations needed to drive metaverse success and push us into the future. Focused on education, partnering and networking, this meeting will cut through the hype and break down fact from fiction, shining light on the true opportunities the metaverse holds.
With a plethora of networking opportunities plus an agenda showcasing the metaverse best-in-class, The Metaverse Summit USA is set to put the wheels in motion for what can only be described as a global transformation.
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