Robert is the Co-Founder and CEO at Alphagora, a US Securities and Exchange Commission registered cryptocurrency roboadvisory.
Alphagora offers investment advisory services for cryptocurrencies. Their technology offerings include algorithms (quantitative and machine learning trading strategies), an order management system (automating the execution of those algorithms on the client’s exchange accounts), and a portfolio management tool (allowing the client to manage their funds allocations to various algorithms across different cryptocurrency exchanges and assets). (January 2019 - Present)
Robert served as Managing Director for Alluminate and as the Strategy Director for Luminous Group, both boutique blockchain consultancies, where his startup and enterprise clients pursued blockchain products in real estate, social media, and identity technologies (September 2017 - September 2018). Robert’s first role in blockchain was as an intern at Consensys in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, where Consensys was part of the Dubai Future Accelerator. (Summer 2017)
He was a co-Founder and former Chief Operating Officer at rePurpose, the world’s first plastic credit system offsetting the plastic footprints of consumers and corporations with investment in plastic trash pickers living in dense urban slums. rePurpose won the 2018 University of Pennsylvania President's Engagement Prize, a $150,000 USD grant (March 2016 - August 2017).
Robert is a graduate dual-degree student at the University of Pennsylvania, completing through submatriculation a Master of Science of Engineering (Nanotechnology) at the School of Engineering and Applied Science and a Master in Law (Finance/Corporate Focus) at Penn Law (Carey Law School). As an undergraduate dual-degree student at the University of Pennsylvania, Robert is a Wharton Research Scholar, earning a Bachelor of Science in Engineering in Electrical Engineering (Quantum Engineering and Photonics) at the School of Engineering and Applied Science and a Bachelor of Science in Economics (Finance) at The Wharton School. His anticipated graduation from all of his coursework at Penn is May 2022.
Robert gives talks, designs curriculum, and teaches courses on Bitcoin. Select previous educational engagements include:
Teaching Fellow, Wharton Global Initiatives’ summer high school programmes;
Curriculum designer and informal lecturer, informal university-wide introductory blockchain course for the Penn Blockchain club;
Seminar on Bitcoin forensics, Department of Defense’s National Defense University;
Various talks, panels, and seminars at conferences and for organizations such as StartingBloc, Renaissance Weekend, and The Mentor Project;
Teaching Assistant, CIS233 Introduction to Blockchian, the first course on blockchain offered at Penn’s School of Engineering and Applied Science.
He holds invitations to the Summit, Renaissance Weekend, and the ZCash Foundation’s ZCon ideas festivals, and is a StartingBloc Fellow and Management & Technology Fellow.
Robert served on a private security detail for the Pope when His Holiness visited Philadelphia in 2015 for the World Meeting of Families. He also served as a Midshipman in the US Marine Corps NROTC for two years, and on the Red Cross Disaster Action Team.
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