Meet The Team

Eddy Travia

Chief Executive Officer


Eddy has been a pioneer investor in blockchain technology since 2013. As Co-founder and CEO of Coinsilium, Eddy has led investments in 20 blockchain companies and advised more than 20 Initial Coin Offerings that have raised over US$500m.

Following 9 years as a private equity fund manager in Greater China, Eddy co-founded the world’s first global incubator of blockchain startups and, in May 2014, was named among the ‘Top 3 Most Influential Investors’ at the Blockchain Awards. 

Eddy has completed the Financial Engineering Executive Programme from Stanford University for financial executives in Hong Kong, as well as the Algorithmic Trading Programme from Oxford University.

Malcolm Palle

Executive Chairman


Malcolm is Executive Chairman and Co-founder of Coinsilium. A multi-disciplined entrepreneur with a wide-ranging career spanning over 40 years, Malcolm has hands-on business experience in the technology, mobile communications, insurance and travel industries. 

He has been in the blockchain and cryptocurrency industry since 2014.

Malcolm was also co-founder of MiningMaven, a well-established natural resources focused investor communications brand which he co-founded in 2009. 

Federica Velardo

Non-Executive Director


Federica is a qualified solicitor in England and Wales and, having applied for dual qualification in Italy, alsopractices Italian law.

Federica joins the team of Coinsilium from Druces LLP, a Legal 500 firm based in the City of London and who are legal advisors to Coinsilium. She has been an Associate in Druces’ Corporate & Commercial team and worked with clients from a variety of industries.

Her experience covers national and international transactions including advising and assisting companies on sales, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, investments, admissions to the AIM Market of the London Stock Exchange, fundraising and general corporate-commercial advice.

Federica qualified in February 2009. Having completed a Graduate Diploma in Legal Studies at the London South Bank University and then the LPC at the University of Westminster in London, she joined the corporate team of Ronaldsons LLP in 2009 which then merged with Druces in 2018.

Federica, passionate about the arts, has also gained a Master’s Degree in Arts Policy and Administration at Birkbeck, University of London, after studying Art Law at Sotheby’s Institute of Art.

More recently Federica has been appointed as corporate adviser for an Italian project finance firm, where she advises start-ups on financing and corporate structure.

Wayne Almeida

Non-Executive Director


Wayne has over 16 years of experience working in the Financial Services sector in Gibraltar. Having worked in the Trust and Corporate Services sector previously Wayne joined the Fiduciary Group in 2014 and was made a director of the Group in 2017. Since then he has formed and led Fiduciary Group’s blockchain and cryptocurrency department, providing Trust, Company Secretarial and Directorship services to client companies in this space. Wayne also provides advice and guidance to boards of directors, advising on a wide spectrum of matters with particular focus on corporate governance and regulation.

Wayne is also a member of the board Gobalsky Labs Limited (Vega Protocol) a protocol for creating and trading derivatives on a fully decentralised network.

Ben Proffitt

Chief Financial Officer


Ben is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and holds a bachelors degree in physics from Imperial College London. Ben has over 15 years of experience across a range of sectors, having acted as CFO of Challenger Energy Group plc until late 2021 and more recently consulting to a number of public companies as CFO of Silvertree Partners LLP. Ben brings extensive experience in financial reporting, corporate finance, M&A activity and stakeholder management to the company, having spent much of his time in the cyclically volatile oil & gas space. Ben has been responsible for corporate acquisition financial due diligence and finance function integration, cost tracking for offshore exploration wells, public equity fundraising, structured finance arrangements and both internal and external financial reporting functions. Ben is based in the Isle of Man and has worked across a number of jurisdictions, including the UK, USA, Australia and the Carribean.