Matthew Van Niekerk, an Economist and MBA by education, has had an international career with 7 years in Tokyo in the FX business and also launched several online retailing companies. In 2006, Matthew made Belgium his home and worked at KBC as an internal consultant to senior management, as COO for the Belgian Consumer Finance business and finally as the Head of Platform Innovation at KBC Securities Bolero where he was responsible for the online retail brokerage platform ‘Bolero’ and the equity crowdfunding platform ‘Bolero Crowdfunding’. Under his guidance, Bolero Crowdfunding was the first bank/broker in Europe to launch a publicly available blockchain application in Europe. In August 2016, Matthew set up his own company, SettleMint, offering a set of modular middleware solutions that take the complexity out of the blockchain journey for clients.