Aurélien is Founder and CEO of Gatecoin, a bitcoin and ethereum token exchange based in Hong Kong. He began his career as an investment banker, working on M&A and financial deals for major global CIBs in Europe and Hong Kong, including BNP Paribas, JP Morgan, Société Générale and Crédit Agricole. Aurélien quit the banking world in 2013 to start Gatecoin, following his discovery and new-found passion for bitcoin and blockchain technology. He is a well-known member of the global blockchain community and is frequently invited to speak at industry events such as The Future of Finance Summit (Singapore), the Global Conference on Money Laundering and Digital Currencies (Qatar) and Euromoney’s Capital Markets Blockchain Conference (Hong Kong). Aurélien is also a guest-lecturer on blockchain and cryptocurrency at universities in Hong Kong and provides regular commentary to financial media including the Bloomberg News, Reuters, and CNBC. Aurélien is a founding member of the Bitcoin Association of Hong Kong, which works to raise awareness of blockchain applications among the local community. Aurélien received a BSc. in Engineering from UPMC, Paris VI and a MSc. in Management from EM Lyon Business School. He is originally from Paris, France.